VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE . . .

IS IT SCIENCE, PSEUDO-SCIENCE OR SIMPLY A PROGRESSIVE, METAPHYSICAL FANTASY?

Introduction:

For many years, researchers and medical practitioners have attempted to piece together scientific evidence to substantiate the existence of an extended, subtle-energy anatomy. This research area has been known by several names, notably "Vibrational Medicine" for the current discussion. In a larger sense, it is known as a significant segment of New Age medicine and spirituality.

Individuals involved in this research engage in activities ranging from material sciences(Dr. William Tiller, for example) to actual Vibrational Medicine Practice by Michael Gerber, M.D. , author of a highly controversial book entitled "Vibrational Medicine" published by Bear and Company in 1988.

Outside of the United States, highly trained particle and quantum physicists such as Dr. Rustam Rakhimov of the Physics Sun Institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan have made immense progress in the use of Vibrational Medicine and Far Infrared Radiation(FIR) in treating a variety of medical problems such as diabetes, cancer, Parkinsons and other infirmaties in several clinics in Malasia and other Asian countries.

Closer to home, Dr. Lee Lorenzen, well-known biochemist and functional water researcher has successfully imprinted a wide variety of organic materials on free electrons present in small water clusters. These "imprints" have been effective in repeatedly providing physical relief and cellular responses from major body organs in tens of thousands of cases in Asia in a manner identical to that which could be realized by absorption of physical materials or pharmaceuticals.

These four examples span a wide continuum of activity ranging from methods which utilize well known scientific and medical instrumentation and protocols to others which rely primarily on a "holistic" view of body, mind and spirit energy systems. We will focus on the latter portion of these methods as they generally fall under the category of "Vibrational Medicine".

An Attempt to Define Vibrational Medicine:

Vibrational medicine is also known as energetic medicine, energetics medicine, energy medicine, subtle-energy medicine, Vibrational healing, or Vibrational therapies. It is a healing philosophy whose main tenet is that humans are dynamic energy systems (body/mind/spirit complexes) and reflect evolutionary patterns of soul growth.
 
Its principles are claimed to include the following:


(a)   Health and illness originate in "subtle energy" systems.
(b)  These "subtle energy" systems coordinate the life-force and the physical body.
(c)   Emotions, spirituality, and nutritional and environmental factors affect the "subtle energy" systems.


Vibrational Medicine is a "large tent" which, amongst others practices, embraces acupuncture, aromatherapy, Bach flower therapy, chakra rebalancing, channeling of occult spirits, color breathing, color therapy, crystal healing, absent healing, remote viewing, automatic writing, Electroacupuncture According to Voll (EAV), etheric touch, flower essence therapy, some aspects of homeopathy, Kirlian/aural photography, laserpuncture, the laying on of hands, meridian therapy, mesmerism, moxibustion, some variations of orthomolecular medicine, Past-life Regression, Polarity Therapy, psychic healing, psychic surgery, radionics, the Simonton method, sonopuncture, Toning, Transcendental Meditation, and Therapeutic Touch. Catch your breath...there are indeed more.
 
The expressions "energy healing", "energy work", and "energetic healing work" appear synonymous with Vibrational Medicine.


The term Subtle Energy (SE) is of relatively recent origin. SE could mean a physical energy, such as electromagnetic or acoustic, that is of such low intensity there are no means of measuring it presently. Laboratory sensors are not sensitive enough to directly discern these fields. In this definition of SE, one is talking about a physical field which is of very low magnitude. 


Several scientists in the United States (Tiller, Bearden, Rein, Putoff, Green, and Srinivasan) have studied SE and its effects. Though each has developed his own nuanced theory of SE, in general they all tend to concur that SE phenomena is related to a type of unified energy, and is not just a physical field of very low magnitude.
 
Contemporary quantum physics has mathematically described and predicted the presence of a unified energy which underlies conventional transverse electromagnetic (EM) vectors. The concept of a subtle energy underlying EM fields was first introduced by Bohm and Aharonov in describing quantum potentials as an implicate order "embedded in" our normal 3-D space. It has recently been proposed that an additional implicate order is embedded within the quantum potentials.
 
This "higher-dimensional space" is theorized as being composed of an energy, which has been called time-reversed waves, non-Hertzian waves, longitudinal waves, scalar waves, or zero-point energy. 


The classical EM fields have been under investigation since the laws of Maxwell were established more than 150 years ago in England. We know all about the physical fields; we can generate, manipulate and use them for purposes such as long distance communication, computer applications and measurement techniques that are proliferating all around us. However, our knowledge regarding SE fields is expanding slowly.

Subtle energy is called by many names by both ancient and modern traditions and cultures; names like chi, ki, prana, etheric energy, fohat, orgone, odic force, mana, homeopathic resonance are each believed to move throughout the so-called "etheric" (or subtle) energy body."

The issue at hand is therefore quite simple:

Which of these energy processes, or categories of processes, represent pure and verifiable physical sciences; which processes can be categorized as pseudo-science(normally called "bunk") and which categories may have tangible connections to psychic, occult, metaphysical, paranormal, or "otherworld" spirituality?

So we don't get too far into this without defining some of the terminology that is encountered in this area.

Holistic: A wide-reaching term, designating views in which the individual elements of a system are determined by their relations to all other elements of that system. Being highly relational, holistic theories and their practitioners do not see the sum of the parts as adding up to the whole. In addition to the individual parts of a system, "emergent," or "arising," properties are postulated that add to or transform the individual parts.

As such, holistic theories claim that no element of a system can exist apart from the system in which it is a part. Holistic theories can be found in philosophical, religious, social, or scientific doctrines.

An example of a holistic scientific theory is Vice President Gore's Gaia, in which the earth and all of its life processes are seen as self-regulating and interdependent components of a much larger cosmic system. For someone claiming to be a born-again Christian, Gore's Gaia promotion begs a serious questioning of his Christian beliefs.

An example of a holistic theological doctrine is panentheism ("everything in God"), in which every part of the universe, including human and nonhuman life, is seen as a part of God.

Metaphysical: derived from the Greek meta ta physika ("after the things of nature"); referring to an idea, doctrine, or posited reality outside of human sense perception. In modern philosophical terminology, metaphysics refers to the studies of what cannot be reached through objective studies of material reality. Areas of metaphysical studies include ontology, cosmology, and often, epistemology.

Paranormal: beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation. Of or pertaining to events or perceptions occurring without scientific explanation, as clairvoyance or extrasensory perception. Of or pertaining to parapsychology; pertaining to forces or mental processes, such as extrasensory perception or psychokinesis, outside the possibilities defined by natural or scientific laws

For more information along this line, go HERE to review Dr. Masuro Emoto's unusual water crystal photographs which he claims are produced by subtle energies(read as "paranormal forces").

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Imbedded in this discussion of Vibration Medicine has always been a competitive and sometimes antagonistic relationship between "alternative medicine" and "orthodox medicine" with the alternative practitioners ridiculing the conventional medics as "too narrowminded" or "inadequately equipped" to understand the "much broader" aspect of health(read "subtle energies").

Alternatively, conventional medics in general look at the alternative medical crowd as a bunch of aging hippies who have been standing out in the hot sun too long with a metal pyramid on their head and have had their brains fried.

Interestingly, many conventional medics are beginning to take a second look at some of the alternative medical techniques being promoted by the "kooks" and quietly integrating them into their own practices. This "bridge" which is being built between the two medical worlds is due to the efforts of orthodox medics who are finding that in selected cases the methods being used by alternative practitioners actually provide benefits in the overall diagnosis and treatment of certain ailments. The "bridge" is also being constructed by alternative medical practitioners seeking to attach the legitimacy of the physical sciences to their alternative methodologies.

To conventional medicine and science, there is an "acceptable" portion of the alternative medical world; but that portion at present is quite limited. This limitation is due primarily to the pervasive presence of pseudo-science(bunko) and metaphysical practices in Vibrational medicine which tend to blur the distinction between good and bad science and create a continuing controversy and skepticism between these two medical worlds. The gradual acceptance of accupressure or accupuncture are examples that are finding their way into the orthodox medical environment.

As you read the following information, remember that many of these same principles of are being applied by water entrepreneurs to create various types of "functional waters", some containing energies from known and measurable electromagnetic sources and others supposedly containing "subtle energies" from various non-electromagnetic sources as discussed below.

A Further Look at Vibrational Medicine

It is well known that the human body responds to and is capable of generating various frequencies of activity. Witness the use of MRI and NMR techniques in conventional medical diagnostic procedures. Similarly,cellular DNA has been determined by Lorenzen and others to have a resonant frequency 42 octaves above "middle C" on our musical scale. This has major implications in the fields of neurobiology and biochemistry.

These examples utilize known and measurable resonant frequencies for various organs, tissues, liquids, cellular constructs and bones and represent science which is routinely used in medical diagnostic procedures worldwide.

Where diagnostic and curative(if that terminology can be used) resonant frequencies begin to deviate from conventional diagnostic procedures one begins to find the following types of Vibrational claims:

Brainwave Frequencies - These are frequencies claimed to be associated with various mental states. Using brainwave entrainment, it is claimed by some Vibrational practitiners that one can coax their brainwaves to a certain frequency, and in doing so, achieve the mental state associated with that frequency.

"Healing" Frequencies - These are frequencies that various parties claim could be used to heal illnesses of different kinds, or stimulate some region of the body. The medium used to do this varies - some of these parties use devices that generate EM fields which are applied to a precise part of the body, while others use mechanical vibration and/or sound.

Natural Phenomena Frequencies - This includes natural frequencies that occur in nature [Schumann's Resonance, for instance], as well as sound tones calculated from the revolution/orbit of the various planets. The sources who promote these frequencies claim that they could affect humans in a variety of ways.

Other resonant frequencies have been documented by dozens of practitioners. Following is a small sampling of these claims.

http://lullianarts.net/body.htm;
http://www.greatdreams.com/hertz.htm;
http://www.lunarsight.com/freq.htm;

http://www.bodyvibes.com/

Perhaps the most famous of these "frequency practitioners" was a researcher by the name of Royal Rife. Rife is credited by many sources as having produced an optical microscope that was capable of resolutions far greater than any of those in his era(70 years ago) and still better than most optical system today.

Rife combined this microscope with selected electromagnetic frequencies and and claimed he was able to observe the reaction of extremely small objects(cells, viruses, etc.) to the various electromagnetic effects. This resulted in what is called the "Rife frequencies".

A fairly comprehensive overview of Rife's work is available at http://www.navi.net/~rsc/rife1.htm.

Due to several unusual circumstances, including pressure at that time from orthodox medical institutions, much of his equipment and research was destroyed. Today, some adherents to the Rife concept produce various frequency generators in an attempt to duplicate some of Rife's original results.

As noted in the introductory paragraph at the top of this page, extensive far infrared(FIR) work has been conducted in medicine, electronics and other areas by the Physics Sun Institute in Uzbekistan. The use of selective, high intensity, narrowband FIR signals, both continuous and pulsed wave in structure, have been successfully used in the treatment of various difficult medical problems including diabetes and Parkinson's.

In this case, as in other "resonant" frequency Vibrational Medicine practices, the very short wavelength of the FIR signals exactly matches the "target" or "black body" object and ignores all other surrounding body tissue or other materials. These signals are much higher frequencies than those used by Rife or other practitioners listed in the web links above.

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In most if not all of the above cases and references, the Vibrational, electromagnetic fields used were of sufficient strength and known wavelength so as to utilize conventional signal generation and sensing equipments. The extent to which Vibrational practitioners claimed these audible(low frequency) and higher frequency signals affected specific human anatomy elements varies depending on practitioner, frequency and method of evaluation. However, in these above cases, conventional electromagnetic equipment is part and parcel of the Vibrational medicine experiment.

Where contention enters is where the signal levels presumed to affect human tissue, nervous system and other body elements are either non-conventional electromagnetic effects or so low in intensity that conventional measurement techniques fail to detect the presence of such signals.

This is the "subtle-energy" aspect of Vibrational Medicine that has created controversial and contentious positions in both the orthodox and alternative medical circles.

According to the hard core Vibrational Medical adherents, these "subtle-energy" signals could emminate from any number of sources not normally associated with a capability to generate conventional electromagnetic signals. Included in this category would be various types of crystals, another individual's body or mind("auras", etc), distant planets or other objects including occult fetishes such as feathers, bones or other "sacred objects" used in special ceremonial activities of various cults and religious groups around the world.

Subtle energy proponents often quote Einstein as a souce for establishing the presence and validity of subtle energy:

"It is possible that human emanations exist that are still unknown to us. Do you remember how electrical currents and "unseen waves" were laughed at? The knowledge about man is still in its infancy." - Albert Einstein

Crystals and Vibrational Medicine

If the Cross is the classic symbol of Christianity, the crystal is the quintessential talisman of the New Age.

The crystal-conscious hang crystals around their necks and suspend them from their ceilings and automobile rearview mirrors; they wear them on their fingers and in body pouches; they place them on their coffee tables and window ledges and around their pets' necks; they stash them in their pockets, purses and briefcases; drop them in their toilet tanks and bathtubs; affix them to their carburetors and bedposts; and use them for meditating and relaxing, "focusing energy" and even finding soul mates.

It is then no surprise that one of the most popular objects which appear in Vibrational Medicine practices are crystals. Crystals of all sorts have fascinated people for thousands of years; their symmetry, clarity and orderly structure all are very unique and beautiful when found in their native environments.

Quartz crystals are now used in many electronic devices. They are the central components in many clocks, watches, computers , etc. The reason why they are so useful for these purposes is that when they are stimulated with electricity, their oscillations are regular and precise . Conversely when quartz crystals are subjected to mechanical pressure they produce a measurable electrical voltage.

According to the late crystal researcher Marcel Vogel, a senior scientist with IBM for 27 years, the crystal is a neutral object whose inner structure exhibits a state of perfection and balance. When it's cut to the proper form and "when the human mind enters into relationship with its structural perfection" , Vogel claimed the crystal emits a vibration which extends and amplifies the powers of the user's mind.

With the sole exception of the admission that crystals permit communication with the occult world, crystal work adherents have provided no proof that this claim of mental contact has any validity.

Vogel and others claim that, without external, physical or electrical stimulus as noted above, crystals radiate energy in a coherent , highly concentrated form, and this energy may be transmitted into objects or people at will. ( Vibrational Medicine , Richard Gerber, M.D. ).

Conventional science has yet to see proof of such effects. So much for IBM's contribution to the occult and New Age beliefs.

The VM adherent claims that if one holds a crystal in their hand they will feel a certain vibration that comes from the autonomous electricity produced by this stone. The claim is further made that each crystal has its own energy and it energizes its surroundings and the people around it.

Unfortunately, this happens only when an external stimulus is applied as noted in the introductory paragraphs above. There is no empirical information which has survived peer review that can confirm these VM claims.

It is claimed by VM apologists that crystals also emit negative ions which may bring harmonious and peaceful feelings. Again, no peer reviewed evidence of this claim exist, anywhere. There are methods of generating and measuring negative ions in the scientific laboratory, but none have been detected coming from a crystal of any type.

As personal tools, VM adherents claim that crystals can be used for transformation of human mental energy: it is claimed that they absorb negative vibrations and can be used to amplify, store and transmit your thoughts. Once again, no verifiable evidence of this supposed phenomena exists.

Finally, VM apologists claim that quartz crystals are so powerful that they can help us focus our positive energy, the best in us so to speak and can also contribute to a balanced expression of our emotions, thoughts, and desires. The blank area below contains the proof of this claim.

 

 

Christianity's view of Vibrational Medicine

Orthodox Christianity in general takes a dim view of Vibrational medicine due to its close ties to the occult, paranormal or metaphysical beliefs, which are clearly anethema to orthodox Christianity.

However, there is another reason orthodox Christians are opposed to most if not all aspects of Vibrational Medicine. That is due to the loose and off-handed manner in which Vibrational Medicine adherents tend to treat scripture and scriptural contexts.

A couple examples might be helpful. I quote from Richard Gerber's book "Vibrational Medicine", pp. 480:

"Personal and spiritual transformation are dependent upon the opening of the heart chakra. As our heart centers open wider and we begin to feel greater compasision and empathy for all living things, we move closer to expressing the divine unconditional love of the Christ Consciousness, which is the supreme facet of spiritual awakening toward which we are all gradually evolving."

From a Christian perspective, this type of verbiage is clearly intended to portrayal a disarming view of New Age occult beliefs to those both inside and outside of the Vibrational Medicine circle. For an individual without strong biblical knowledge, this type of talk gives the false impression that the entire concept of subtle energy and Vibrational Medicine has Christian roots.

To the Christian with strong scriptural knowledge and beliefs this above statement is tantamount to blasphemy. This is because the word "Christ" does not mean Jesus Christ to the New Age Vibrational medicine adherent, it means something quite different: it means an "inner self", a "higher self" or a spiritual substitute for who Jesus Christ is to orthodox Christians.

To the Christian believer, when the word "Christ" is used it means Jesus Christ, God, the Holy Spirit; to the New Age Vibrational practioner it is an antipathy of Jesus Christ, an occult substitute for Jesus Christ, a substitute created in the mind of man to duplicate, replicate or provide an anti-Christ substitute for the Christian's Jesus Christ.

Therefore, when the word "Christ" appears in literature or writings associated with Vibrational Medicine or other New Age materials, most orthodox Christians immediately reject such material as sourced from the occult, witchcraft, satanic channeling activities or other esoteric beliefs influenced by or based on paramormal spiritual activity.

Here's another example, one from the Theosophist Society in the late 1950's:

"Madame Blavatsky said of Occultism that "it throws him who practises it out of calculation of the ranks of the living altogether," and that "he has to become a mere beneficent force in Nature".

Such words show us a view of life in which beings are not separate and to be measured against one another in terms of comparative values, still less competitive values. They are "mere" forces in one benign, united and purposive whole called Nature. One force is, of course, different from another, fulfilling a different function in the whole, but, as is said in the Christian scriptures:

"The eye cannot say unto the hand: I have no need of thee; nor again the head to the feet: I have no need of you. There should be no schism in the body, but the members should have the same care one for another". Unquote.

Once again we have an admitted occult organization attempting to utilize Christian scripture to validate their belief structure. Again, this is blasphemy to Christian adherents, but merely rhetorical discussion to the Theosophist.

Most New Age adherents readily admit that the "higher self" is intimately related to occult belief mechanisms.

For example:

"Occult literature tells us repeatedly of a higher Self, an inner Self, who is the only real being who may be said to achieve anything. If a step into the occult, an "initiation," is taken, it is the higher Self who takes it. Such a step must mean that that Self is functioning more deeply within the occult, that it has become by so much more divested of external values and by so much more grounded in the intrinsic."

From the book, An Approach to the Occult by Dr. Hugh Shearman (Theosophical Publishing House, Adyar).

Many forget that Henry Ford and Thomas Edison, apparent geniuses who revolutionized the transportation and electronics industries, were occultists and Theosophists. Ford was also strongly anti-semitic and acknowledged receipt of "information" from the spirit world, much like Marcel Vogel admitted he did when conducting "research" at IBM.

I have had very scary, personal experiences with individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary knowledge of highly technical information for which they have had absolutely no training. Some of these individuals would have trouble changing a car tire. Notes produced by these individuals include formulae and textual descriptions of processes and techniques which don't even appear in modern, advanced textbooks on the subject(s).

Asked how this information came into being, the individual responds that it came by way of "intuition" or "automatic writing" when in a self-induced trance or "out of body" experience. The out-of-body experience resulted in a "...meeting with 'the boys'" who then gave specific instructions as to what to write.

This is the occult, pure and simple.

Note:

"Occult sciences are not, as described in Encyclopaedias, "those imaginary sciences of the Middle Ages which related to the supposed action or influence of Occult qualities or supernatural powers, as alchemy, magic, necromancy, and astrology," for they are real, actual, and very dangerous sciences. They teach the secret potency of things in Nature, developing and cultivating the hidden powers "latent in man," thus giving him tremendous advantages over more ignorant mortals." The Skeptic's Dictionary.

These are the ingredients of much of Vibrational Medicine.

Determining Credibility by Association for Vibrational Medicine

Sometimes we hear the phrase:

"...if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, swims like a duck...then it must be a duck".

This analogy applies to all walks of life and it applies as well to Vibrational Medicine.

We all live in a fantasy world at some time or another in our life...daydreaming, imagining, visualizing something or someone which we wish were a reality. As we continue to repeatedly exercise or revisit that fantasy, soon that fantasy takes on a life of its own. We expand on our original thoughts, add events, environments, entertain various scenarios or outcomes to that fantasy. Soon it takes on a greater sense of reality to the point that we believe that fantasy is really a true event, condition or situation.

In the world of Vibrational Medicine there are proponents who seem to be living in various fantasy worlds; worlds such as the mythological Atlantis seem to be one of the most popular "reality" shows going on in the minds of VM adherents.

From quite austere beginnings to over 6000 books by 1970, the myth of Atlantis has grown, much like our daydream fantasy to one where believers are now not only discussing the formation of Atlantis but its culture, its agricultural society, the destruction of that civilization, crystal healing systems employed on Atlantis and how that technology was transferred to Silicon Valley industries, how individuals migrated from that area, how Atlantians were changing piles of grain into "technical energy", the "priesthood" of individuals on Atlantis and the various highly advanced technologies developed there. We could expand this list to visual descriptions of clothes worn, energy systems, housing, transportation, communications and other mythological expansions.

Of course none of these things are known; a myth has expanded to a fantasy and we have here a mythological fantasy run amok but comprising a "reality show" for the New Age adherents who are involved in Vibrational Medicine and other psychic arts.

The phrase

"...making it up as we go along"

truly appears to apply here.

Our point is this. If we have Vibrational Medicine individuals, even individuals with exceptional medical and literary credentials such as Richard Gerber telling us about this ever-expanding mythological Atlantis fantasy, and treating it on the same intelligence plane as Vibrational Medicine, to the uninitiated observer, the veracity of Vibrational Medicine becomes no more credible than the quacking duck of Atlantis.

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You visit your doctor - you have severe abdominal and chest pains and are anxious to have a diagnosis made and a remedy applied to your discomforts. The doctor arrives in the examination room wearing a metallic pyramid frame on his head and, after staring off into space for a few moments, instructs you to lie on your back. He takes what looks like a pocketwatch out of his white overcoat; it has a chain on it; he swings it back and forth across your diaphragm a few times and then says:

"...well, son, I feel that you have a blockage in your left heart valve and progressive diverticulitis in your colon but we can fix those problems with some special energies stored in this special healing crystal I have in my hand. I want you to purchase two of them at the reception's desk and take them with you. Hang one on the rear view mirror of your car and wear the other one around your neck, centering it over your diaphragm".

Amazing - this doctor "FEELS" you have major organ problems because the pendulum was swinging in a certain manner and direction...and he can "FIX" those problems simply by moving a "healing" quartz crystal over the affected areas. He then says to go home, place the crystal around your neck, assume the Lotus position and repeat a specific mantra and create a positive image in your mind of being well.

Welcome to Vibrational Medicine at work! Hard to believe? Pick up any(and I mean ANY) textbook on Vibrational Medicine and prepare yourself for a "Harry Potter" occult experience right there in your living room reading recliner. This is not science...to assign it with a title of pseudo-science would even be an overstatement.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT SUBTLE ENERGY AND VIBRATIONAL MEDICINE

Question: How is it that so many people can believe this sort of medical pseudo-science?

Answer: The "believers" for the most part are preconditioned for this stype of science by having had paranormal experiences on their own and so they are right at home with the type of diagnostic and treatment procedures being employed at their VM practitioner's office.

Question: How is it that so many VM practitioners are out there and conducting these esoteric medical activities?

Answer: Simple - they too have probably experienced some psychic phenomenon and have observed others in their peer group doing the same. Their paranormal experience may have been far more intense and realistic than their patient's experience...thus convincing them that there really is some sort of "energy field" out there that, when applied through the hands or mind of a "believer", will manifest itself in some fashion with patients.

It would be professional suicide for this VM practitioner to denounce these fascinating and exciting paranormal experiences as bogus, a pipeline from the occult or other source; his associates would disown him; he would be anethema to his fellow practioners, and his patients would seek other VM resources.

Question: Don't these VM practitioners and patients know they are playing in or on the edge of the occult?

Answer: Probably, but...

"...isn't this exciting?"

they might say; or

"...you know, I can actually "feel" energy flowing through my hands and body when this is happening"

or...

"...it has to be doing some good even though I have no way of determining by my normal senses that there has been any change".

A more thorough answer might be that in today's society, individuals are experientially oriented - constantly looking for visible or mental manifestations of unusual or non-orthodox societal activities. A paradigm shift of dramatic proportions has taken in the last generation with respect to psychic phenomena. Much the same situation is found within today's charismatic religions where individuals are attracted to and feel "part of the crowd" when they can actively participate in unusual physical or verbal activities.

The public's attraction to "reality" or "survivor" shows falls within the same emotional envelope as an individuals's fascination with paranormal manifestations. To this individual, upon hearing a demonic(or otherwise) spirit taking possession of a "channeler's" voice and physical actions, this unusual experience lends credence to the spiritual path suggested by the channeled entity.

Question: Are there any peer-reviewed scientific studies which validate some or all of the VM claims where subtle energy processes are promoted?

Answer: Interestingly, even in a book like Dr. Richard Gerber's "Vibrational Medicine", supportive book reviewers(See Amazon.com) of this milestone subtle energy work are critical of the fact that little or no empirical evidence is provided for many of the repeated claims Gerber makes throughout his 500 page book. If there was a good place to present such evidence, certainly "Vibrational Medicine" would be such a place.

Unfortunately, the work of Marcel Vogel is one of the few resources that the VM adherents can tie their wagon to; and that is a very shaky wagon inasmuch as Vogel admitted that his brilliant ideas for IBM and Xerox technologies came from contact with disembodied entities in the spirit world.

Question: what type of paranormal experiences might have convinced these individuals(VM patients/cleints) that there truly is an "energy" or "power" being manifested in a VM experience?

Answer: It could have been as simple as hearing and seeing a psychic medium "channeling" information from the spirit world.

Channeling : "The process by which a medium can communicate information from non-physical beings, such as spirits, deities, demons or aliens through entering a state of trance or some other form of altered consciousness"..

"... it(channeling) is the ability to obtain information from personalities who do not live on earth. Mediums do this when they use their sensitivity to link into spirit vibrations and, using either clairvoyance, clairaudience or clairsentience, or a combination of all three, (to) bring forward evidence from a spirit communicator which is relevant to the recipient of such a communication." Source: - Channeler - Occult Dictionary

An experience such as this could have been literally mind-bending for an innocent observer...and is only one step removed from the type of experience that individual in the VM doctor's office was experiencing.

Question: So where do these VM practitioners get their clients and "information" about how to conduct Vibrational medicine activities?

Answer: As noted above, the Marcel Vogel situation is typical of the sources of this information. Also, since Vibrational Medicine is a "melting pot" of cultish religions, occultism, folklore, parapsychology; pop psychology; pseudoscience, and medical guesswork. It overflows with theoretical rubbish.

In the sprawling, animistic "enchanted forest" of Vibrational Medicine, ideas run hog-wild, words have magical power, illness ("dis-ease") is an educational opportunity, the impossible is a challenge, wishful thinking is industry; faith is the ticket, and death is a transition.

Therefore, the sources for VM practitioners is viritually endless, and supported by the occult-based activities of most New Age beliefs, it finds an endless supply of eager clients or patients. In the simplist form, it is truly the blind leading the blind.

Mental institutions are full of former clients of Vibrational Medicine and its siblings. Any "enlightenment" or other personal improvement is temporary at best, fueled by both suggestion and placebo inducements by the VM practitioner.

Vibrational Medicine is not something to be toyed with - it can lead the unsuspecting patient into deep occultish practices, and like the lemmings of English lore, over the cliffs into a spiritual darkness from which there may be no return.